Definition of drey in English:

drey

noun

  • The nest of a squirrel, typically in the form of a mass of twigs in a tree.

    • ‘The red squirrel's home is a drey, which is a hollow ball made of twigs and leaves in a fork amongst the branches close to the trunk of a tree.’
    • ‘The Siberian flying squirrel is a nocturnal arboreal rodent, which nests in tree cavities, twig dreys, and nest-boxes.’
    • ‘At another site it was decided to remove a grey squirrel from its winter drey.’
    • ‘We'll be together in our bear's cave, and our squirrel's drey, and we'll live on honey, and nuts, and we'll sing songs about ourselves - about warm trees and snug caves, and lying in the sun.’
    • ‘They rear their young in stick nests or ‘dreys’, are less active in winter, and do not hibernate or bury nuts as winter store.’
    lair, sett, earth, drey, lodge, burrow, hole, tunnel, cave, dugout, hollow, covert, shelter, hiding place, hideout
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Origin

Early 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

drey

/drā/